Into the Night

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Join us in our Summer Courtyard Cinema for a night of film screenings that celebrate a new wave of African diaspora filmmakers.

Into the Night, curated by artist and director Lilah Benetti is a program that celebrates an emerging generation of local Black filmmakers from the African diaspora who are defining their own narratives through storytelling; writing, directing and producing films.

The night will feature a number of Melbourne premieres from international and local Academy-qualifying festivals, across a diverse catalog of genres ranging from live action, drama and comedy to experimental film.

Notably, Into the Night will host the Melbourne premier of Tinashé (Official Selection, 2021 Sydney Film Festival; Best Live Action Short finalist, 2021 Dendy Awards; Official Selection(AUS), 2022 Flickerfest Bondi Beach (AUS); 2022 Berlinale, Berlin International Film Festival (GER) and The Moon and Me (Official Selection, 2021 Pan African Film Festival (USA); Official Selection, 2021 Aesthetica Short Film Festival (UK).

In addition to this, we will pose an important question; a conversation we must engage with as Black creatives living and working on stolen land - what does it mean to create on country?

How can we craft our stories, the specific and the shared, in ways that center and respect our relationship as Black and Blak community?

We hear reflections from brilliant local Bla(c)k thinkers and creatives; sharing the things they ask themselves, their personal practices and provocations, to seed further sharing and connection on this important subject.

Artistic statement

“All films speak to the incredible work and lived experience of our local African diaspora filmmakers at the cornerstone of art-culture-film. Reflecting these voices is an opportunity to begin a very important discussion around how we engage in practice on the unceded lands on which we live, dream and tell our stories, in particular the land of the Kulin Nation alliance.

As a Black creator I often ask myself – how can I build a practice that reflects solidarity for the first Black people of this Country?

Into the Night is for anyone who wants to know more about the incredible films that are being made in our city and are already being recognised on an international landscape. Acknowledging that I too am born of a very broken system of uninvited guests, it’s also an opportunity to begin a meaningful conversation of building the Black and Blak creative community."

Lilah Benetti

Lilah Benetti

Lilah is an award-winning director: a creative storyteller of diverse narratives that challenge cultural and gender binaries to reflect a modern Australia, seeking to re-frame their audience with a combination of strikingly bold, colour-soaked visuals and tender portrayals (The Guardian, 2021).

From an early age Lilah developed a heightened sense of social awareness and a deep understanding of the call-and-response relationship that exists between people and their environment, examining ways in which internal and external factors work together to create states of being.

Lilah gained recognition for their documentary film and photography series Easy Ghana (2018), which explored the nuances of the Black diaspora reflected through an observational practice in the city of Accra, Ghana, winning the 2020 People's Choice Award at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

Lilah’s more recent works include a short film collaboration with Aēsop (Sydney Flagship Launch Installation, 2020), directing and producing a suite of commercials for ASRC World Refugee Day Telethon (SBS, 2021, raising over 1.6 million dollars), and a film for artist Beci Orpin and Keen Japan Footwear (International, 2021).

Lilah's most recent work is a short film titled Tinashé (18 mins, 2021) which was nominated for Best Live Action Australian Short at the Dendy Awards, with its world premiere at Sydney Film Festival in November 2021, Flikerfest Bondi Beach Jan 2022 and Berlinale, Berlin International Film Festival.

Hosted by Shantel Wetherall

Shantel Wetherall is a Melbourne-based writer, host and producer of Hey Aunty! podcast.

Holding nuanced conversations about culture and change in print, digital and audio formats. Featured in Guardian Australia, Sydney Morning Herald, SBS Voices and at live events like Photo Live and Audiocraft.


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